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The father of missing chef Claudia Lawrence spoke today of his "devastation" as it was revealed that a cash reward for information was being dropped.

4,000 university places filled and 150,000 may miss out

More than 190,000 would-be students were scrambling for a rapidly diminishing number of university places today as clearing continued.

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Police investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence confirmed today they are scaling back the number of officers dedicated to the inquiry.

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Church of England debates further over women bishops

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams was facing another test of his authority today as the Church of England embarked on a further round of gruelling debates over the issue of women bishops.

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If anyone wanted a glimpse of the difficulty in keeping the Church of England together, they needed only to look at Dr Rowan Williams the last time the General Synod voted on women bishops: after hours of fractious debate inside York University's Central Hall in summer 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury had his head in his hands.

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We love them, of course, but new research suggests that having children makes us unhappy - it's just that none of us feels able to admit it. Susie Mesure (mother of Louis, two) investigates a taboo issue

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House searched by police in hunt for missing chef

Police investigating the disappearance of university chef Claudia Lawrence spent two days searching a house about 10 miles from her home as a result of a "recent development".

He's my best enemy: Things can turn nasty when brothers pick the same career

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Living proof that conservation works

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Suffolk discovers bright side of empty-net syndrome

It's a curious Catch 22: the collapse of British fishing stocks has put so many trawlermen out of business that those who survive face a glut.

Police 'disappointed' by criticisms of Claudia Lawrence inquiry

The police force investigating the suspected murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence said today it was disappointed by criticisms about the "thorough, professional and challenging" inquiry.

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